When we were house hunting and saw the condition of the houses that were in our price range, I pretty much gave away the idea of having a 2 story foyer. It's nothing we'd ever had before, so I had no idea what I was missing. I love the idea of a grand open staircase, so I just love how our stairs are tucked so pretty in our foyer.
My mind seriously went nuts! I had to focus on the rest of the walkthrough. But I kept coming back to "THAT FOYER".
My original plan was to paint it a darker color (brown would have been my choice), or to paint light cream stripes on just that wall as an accent. My husband talked me out of the darker color (even though I still think it would look fantastic).
I still haven't put stripes out of my mind...
We are seriously considering repainting the whole house (we've been here almost 3 years) since there are definitely some high traffic areas that are looking dingy and the previous owners had the WHOLE house painted in FLAT paint. Which surprisingly adds a velvety richness and warmth to the house, but NOTHING washes off of it. And we have no paint color name OR touchup paint. So I may hold off on my stripe plans until we repaint. I am leaning toward a "greige" which would be a mix between super warm tan and super cool gray. Here is Behr's Sculptor Clay:
We would need to think long and hard about repainting, since our entire basement, first floor, 2 story foyer, upstairs hallway and master bedroom is tan currently. It would be a HUGE undertaking.
So I knew when I first laid eyes on our foyer that I wanted a gallery wall here. It's the very FIRST thing you see when you walk in our home. I collected a few sentimental items and went for it. It has slowly evolved in 3 years, and after adding the distressed "J" last month, I finally feel finished (minus the stripes) ;p
This foyer gallery wall is a collection of some sweet memories (the date graphic that I still haven't added Emberly to!), sentimental items (hello wedding bouquet), and some homemade goodies.
I love the map with where we both are from (Josh was born in Iceland and I am from here). I made this YEARS ago and that alone is sentimental to me! I love that it was in our hallway in our old house.
Also I added this sweet poem! While we don't want to live in a townhouse forever, we definitely feel like the space we have here is PLENTY and we'd never want more. I love being content with a small space.
I made the "Gather" sign. I just LOVE that word. And I love when people gather in my home. And when my kids gather in my lap. And when our family gathers at our table. So "Gather" just seemed appropriate.
By the way you can snag this vinyl decal in my etsy shop and stick it on whatever you'd like! It's 30% off for my blog readers only! Use the code GATHER (only for "gather" sign purchase). Click here. Code expires September 30th.
(Full discloser- I edited the font slightly in the actual listing because of copyright. I strive 100% to be honest and legal in everything I do. Did you know that every item you sell with words on it has to have a copyright license? I don't have a license for the original "gather" sign- which isn't a problem because it's for personal use. But in order to sell it in my shop I changed the font to one that DO have a license for! And I am almost positive that 99% of vinyl decals out there DON'T have a license- just sayin')
Another part of this space that is just so perfect to me is how the window next to our front door sort of peeks into this space. I love keeping our blinds open in the evenings (and around the holidays) to have such a perfect snippet into our lives.
I am enjoying my season of rest so far. I have been focusing on myself, eating well (which includes actually eating dinner and not just drinking coffee), reading and doing home projects that I have been putting off for far too long! I'm excited about my weekly blogging schedule and actually looked forward to writing this week!